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Habs Making Moves, Bring In Ellis, Nelson and Coleman

Ryan Ellis_1

This past season the Habs made a Cinderella run to the eastern conference finals, playing in 3 game 7’s along the way the Habs bet heavyweight teams such as the Hurricanes and Bolts before losing 3-2 in game 7 to the eventual champions the Tampa Bay Lighting. The Habs were without Forsberg that game and they could’ve possibly made the finals if he hadn’t gotten injured in game 6. After coming so close to the cup finals again the Habs have shown that they are hungry to get back making some big moves.

The biggest move out of them all was bringing in Ryan Ellis from the Sabres. Ellis is an offensive dynamo and looks to be the Habs #1 d-man heading into next season. The Habs had to part with Rasmus Sandin and pick 27 to make this happen but for such a high calibre d-man on a sweetheart contract it was a deal that puts the Habs into a really good situation financially.

Brock Nelson_1

One of the first deals that was made by the Habs this offseason was acquiring Brock Nelson. The big bodied sniper will be one of the Habs biggest goal scoring threats this season. The Habs had to give up Kupari for Nelson but were able to upgrade their Arizona 5th 2020 to Boston’s 3rd in 2020(more on this pick in a bit). Nelson will have some very good playmakers feeding him passes so it’s easy to see him excelling in a Habs uniform.

Blake Coleman_1

Another big bodied goal scorer, Coleman was brought in earlier today by the Habs to fill a 2nd line scoring role for the team. Unlike Nelson however, Coleman is a pretty good defender and brings a lot of sandpaper to his game. Coleman will likely see pk ice-time at some point and he’s a guy that will cause the opposing team to keep their heads on a swivel to avoid receiving a massive hit.

Derrick Brassard

The final deal of significance to Montreal’s title hopes next year is acquiring Brassard for his second stint in a Habs uniform. Brassard was traded in the offseason for Ryan Kesler right before Montreal won their GVFHL cup. Brassard will play a 4th line grinding role and has the ability to chip in a goal here and there.

While the Habs don’t have a Crosby or Ovie level superstar on their team they are still a deep squad. They look to be a physical two-way squad next year as they try to use the same formula that won them their first cup. One thing is for certain, Habs GM Blake MacPherson is far from done with this team and he will continue to mould this team into a championship calibre team.

Montreal Wins Game 7, Head To 3rd ECF in 4 years

Murray

Matt Murray stood tall and stopped 24 shots to get the shutout and led the Habs to a 4-0 win game 7 win on enemy ice. Murray hasn’t been the most consistent goalie for the Habs during this run but when the chips are down he has come up big for them. Another player who came to play was star trade deadline acquisition Filip Forsberg who scored his 9th goal of the playoffs and assisted on Craig Smith’s goal which eventually turned out to be the game winning goal.

Next up on the schedule for the Habs is a series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts have a really nice mix of physical, skilled, two-way, and vet players which makes them an insanely hard club to match up with. There is hope in Montreal that they can pull this off as they beat 2 of the best teams in the league in Carolina and Toronto, both of these teams outperformed Tampa during the season but of course this is the playoffs and the regular season means shit, but nonetheless both Carolina and Toronto were among the top contenders for the title in the league. The big concern for the Habs is if they can keep getting players like Foligno and Boyle to keep playing at a higher than normal level to help out Forsberg and Tkachuk. With Tampa having a very sound and physical d-core there are not going to be a ton of high quality chances. The X-factor might be if Montreal’s blueline can continue to be an offensive force as they have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest scoring d-men in the playoffs.

Congrats to Adam for a well built team and a great season! And good luck to Chris, please be gentle with my team!

 

Here We Go Again….

Here We Go Again....

Once again it seems the Habs are trying to defy the odds and punch their ticket to their 3rd eastern conference final appearance in 4 seasons. Playing against a powerhouse Leafs squad it was thought that the Habs would be beat easily as their 7 games series win against the Hurricanes had to have been a fluke. A poll where GVFHL GM’s were surveyed to see who they thought would win showed that the large majority think the Leafs will win. 8 votes said the Leafs would win and 4 said the Habs will win. Only 3 of these votes thought the series would go to 7 games, one of these votes doesn’t count though as that was more so a dream of GM MacPherson to go through another 7 game series. Down 2-0 in the series it looked like the Leafs would get a nice sweep as they had shut down the Habs top guns. Maybe the Habs could force a game 5 but it seemed like a pipe dream. What neither team counted on though was Nick Foligno channelling in his inner Ovechkin.

Foligno has put the Habs on his back in their 3 wins, putting up a total of 7 goals(including 2 hat-tricks), 8 hits, and a +5. What is even more insane if Foligno’s shooting percentage. Not including these past 3 games Foligno has 1 goal on 24 shots for a shooting percentage of 4.17%. For Foligno to reach 7 goals in 3 games with this percentage he’d need to shoot 168 shots. He instead has done it on 13 shots having a 53.8%. What is even crazier is that if you add up the 1 goal he has had in his other 10 playoff games this year and his goal total from the regular season he only has 4 more goals than he has in these 3 home games in round 2. To make his Hat-Trick in game 6 even more impressive is that he scored a 5v5 goal, pp goal, and a sh goal.

Game 7 will be on Friday and the Habs are hoping Foligno has just a little bit more magic left in him as the Habs only have 4 goals this series playing in Toronto. It has taken the Habs 2 game winners in the last minute of regulation and some great play form Foligno to get here. The Habs hope they can continue to surprise the league and win another hard fought 7 game series. Even if they lose Friday there is nothing to be mad at as the Habs thought they wouldn’t even make the playoffs back in October. Good luck on Friday Adam!